No Bummer this Summer

No Bummer this Summer

Students await summer vacations eagerly at it marks the end of a gruelling academic year and an exhausting schedule of examinations. But soon after, many students find their days becoming monotonous, especially if they haven’t planned something interesting to keep them happily occupied. Thankfully for students of Thane, there are several activities that they can get involved in. In fact, summer is a great time to catch up with all those exciting activities that are simply impossible to take up during school time.

One great way to unwind and enjoy during summer vacations is to sign up with one of the several adventure camps organised for school students – like many have already done. On April 07, as many as 50 city students of class X took off for the Himalayas on an adventure skiing course. The course, being held at Manali in Himachal Pradesh, will last for 14 days in which the participating students will learn techniques of Skiing by professionals from the Mountaineering Institute of Himachal Pradesh. Next batch of 50 class VIII students, scheduled to leave on 24 April, will leave for Manali, for a 14-day adventure course comprising of snow and rock-climbing, forest-navigation, river-crossing, rappelling and zoomering.

These adventure trips are among the several vacations camps being organised by the Thane-based student welfare group Jidnyasa Trust. This is the 12th year ofthat Jidgnyasa hs been organising such trips. The camps at Manali are conducted by the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Government of Himachal Pradesh. Since most students have rarely lived away from home for such extended periods of time, these camps provide more than just excitement value. They serve as a course in life skills. For instance, the participants will learn how to acclimatise their bodies to the altitudes, survival techniques on glaciers and high altitudes, environmental training, and even a few high-altitude trekking exercises. Surendra Dighe, Managing Trustee of Jidnyasa says, "Participants live in camps that they erect themselves out of whatever resources are available to them, arrange for firewood, and cook their own food. This kind of life, away form their family and friends, imbibes in them a feeling of self-confidence and helps them deal with problems of life better." With experts supervising all their activities, the participants’ safety is guaranteed.
Staying close to nature in all its wild glory and away from the city’s mechanical life, these campers come back with a renewed sense of discipline, self confidence and, perhaps most importantly, awe. Dwelling in the city makes us forget the awesome creation of God, of which we are an integral part. Such excursions help us re-connect with our source. So if you haven’t already planned a trip into the wilderness, do so now. Sign up with camps or plan one with your family or friends if they are the adventure loving types. Because the options for setting out for an adventure expedition are, like nature, boundless.

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